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Erdogan and Trump agree to active coordination in Syria; SDC calls on international community to stop Turkish escalation

Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/12/14 19:23

Field and local news:

On Friday, the United States President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to "increase active coordination" between the two countries in Syria, after Erdogan expressed Turkey's security concerns regarding the activities of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Earlier, the Turkish president said that if the US did not move the YPG out of the city of Manbij, Eastern Aleppo, "Turkey will," adding that Turkey has lost enough time "regarding an intervention in the terrorist swamps east of the Euphrates River, and will not delay the matter another day."

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) called on the international community to stop the Turkish escalation in the Autonomous Administration-controlled areas, considering the Turkish threats "an aggressive policy that destroys the efforts toward a diplomatic solution in Syria."

The Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party, which withdrew from the Kurdish National Council, called on all Kurdish parties and political forces to hold an emergency conference after the Turkish threats, saying that they must be taken seriously.

The price of 200 liters of diesel increased from 50 thousand to 58 thousand Syrian pounds in Northern Hama, Central Syria, in the past two days, after news of a possible Turkish military operation in Northern Syria that made several fuel traders monopolize diesel to sell it for high prices later.

The Syrian government forces arrested five oil tanker drivers while transporting oil from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-controlled areas to the Homs oil refinery run by the Syrian government. The Syrian government forces arrested the drivers because their names appeared in the lists of people wanted for reserve military service for the Syrian government forces.

A Syrian government forces artillery shelling from bases in the town of Tibat al-Imam targeted a checkpoint of the Free Syrian Army's (FSA) al-Izzah Army near the village of al-Sayad, Northern Hama, killing one fighter. The Syrian government forces centralizing in the al-Madajin checkpoint bombed the perimeter of the village of Maakrabah and the farmlands of the village of Latmin.

The Syrian government forces also targeted the village of Hawir al-Ays, Southern Aleppo with artillery shells from nearby bases, injuring two women and a child. A similar shelling from bases in the villages of Tall Mamo, Ziyarah, and Tall Alloush targeted the village of Jazraya and the town of Zamar, destroying property.

In Southern Syria, the Shaykh al-Karamah Forces faction, which defected from the Rijal al-Karamah Movement in al-Suwayda, accused the Syrian government forces of standing behind arrests and assassinations against faction members. The Shaykh al-Karamah faction announced a mobilization alert for its forces to block any "provocative actions," saying that the Syrian government forces are preparing to install checkpoints to arrest young men from al-Suwayda wanted for compulsory military service.

Earlier, the Shaykh al-Karamah Forces accused the Syrian government forces of standing behind the Islamic State (IS) attacks in the governorate in July 2018, saying, "The Syrian government accuses the people of al-Suwayda of cowering and treason because the people refused to join the Syrian government forces in "spelling the blood of fellow Syrians."

In Daraa, Syrian government's security services found the bodies of three sisters near the city of al-Sanamayn, Northern Daraa, Southern Syria, five years after their brother killed them in 2013 for being loyal to the Syrian government. A local source from the city told SMART that the women were shot in the head in public at the time.


An explosion of a landmine left behind by the Syrian government forces killed a young man near the town of Ibtaa, Northern Daraa, while he was working in nearby farmland.

In Eastern Syria, an IS bombing on SDF locations in the perimeter of the city of Hajin, Southeastern Deir al-Zor, killed three SDF members and injured 28 others.

Members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia destroyed the belongings of the houses they occupied in the al-Jamaat neighborhood in the city of Albu Kamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border, burning the wooden furniture for heating.

In Northeastern Syria, the SDF arrested five young men in the villages of Khnayz and Thuluth Khnayz in the Ayn Issa area, Northern al-Raqqa, for drafting them for military service in the SDF.